About a year after announcing his intent to run for governor, state Sen. Charlie Janssen is dropping out of the Republican heavy race.
In a statement released early Monday morning Janssen cited the big budgets in the Republican primary as a reason for his departure from the race. He said, "Without an established name or a big checkbook, the odds ofvictory are long."
Read his full statement below:
"Ientered the race for Governor last February as a dark horse candidate with alot of ground to cover. So I jumped in my truck and drove more than 40,000miles around the state to introduce myself to the Nebraskans who'll decide thiselection.
"Ayear later, I know I've made an impression but, as the song goes, I've got along way to go and a short time to get there.
"Thiswill quickly become one of the most expensive Republican Primaries for Governorin our history. Without an established name or a big checkbook, the odds ofvictory are long.
"There'sjust too much ground yet to cover, so I'm withdrawing from the race today.
"Ican't begin to thank the people who've helped me in this campaign. We receiveddonations from more than 600 individuals in Nebraska, and dozens of volunteersgave their time selflessly to this effort.
"Butwhile the campaign for Governor may be over, the fight to defend the principlesof freedom and liberty continues on. No matter what's next, I will be a strongand determined voice on the issues that matter to conservatives.
"Ellen,the kids, and I are grateful for your support. I am better for having traveledour great state and for the friendships I will hold forever.
"We'llget ‘em next time.
"Senator Charlie Janssen"